Hawaii Spending on Restricted Technology


Between 2015 and 2022, the state of Hawaii spent $15,904,416 on restricted Chinese technology from Lenovo, Inc. and Lexmark, Inc. and through additional contracts with authorized resellers negotiated by the National Association of State Procurement Offices.

The Problem

Technology products by Chinese government-owned technology manufacturers Lenovo and Lexmark have been banned by U.S. military and intelligence agencies due to their connection to the Chinese government and military, but are still being purchased by state government bodies. While federal policy directs information security at the federal level, states must determine their own security standards making states vulnerable to intrusion through the purchase of these risky Chinese technology products and services.

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